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How Others Think of MS

How Others Think of MS

Almost everyone living with MS has encountered well-meaning but frustrating comments from their friends and family or even from complete strangers. Brooke illustrates some examples of advice she gets or comments from people who “know someone who knows someone with MS.” What are some of the most common comments you get about your MS from loved ones?

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  • michael honeycutt
    12 months ago

    I have to laugh! I have been beaten about the head and ears with dietary and supplemental needs since being diagnosed.
    For the record, I started eating Lions Mane mushrooms in January of 2017. Now, I won’t blame the mushrooms but I’m walking better now than then. And I have to say that cannabis has been helpful with spasticity. But those are only observations about MY body. I’m clueless about how much good either is doing as a cure but cultivating mushrooms for dinner has been worth doing! I never knew how much I love the silly things! Blessings!

  • jpkuhta
    12 months ago

    Common sense isn’t really common any more.
    I find your art fascinating.
    Simple but to the point.
    There is a real “Picasso” look to the drawings.
    Do you feel being involved in the cubist art movement will help someone with MS?
    It’s a JOKE.
    My favorite response to all the well meaning suggestions:
    “Yes, but will it help world poverty, fix the ozone layer and reduce global warming?”
    Yes, a tad sarcastic but it beats “Are you nuts?” and various other responses to numerous to mention.
    You are not letting you disease define who you are.
    I believe your drawings say a lot about you.
    You may want to consider putting the bottom captions at the top of the drawing.
    I believe it would then be an “introduction” into each drawings topic.
    People read from top to bottom and initially I was trying to determine the topic based on the words in bubbles and things.
    That was just an editorial suggestion.
    The positioning of objects, light and colors is the artists call.
    If you feel things communicate what you want best that way leave it.

  • candleglow
    12 months ago

    One woman wanted to cure me with magnet bracelets. Someone else thought bee stings would cure. Another person thought that I should ride my bike as many miles as a woman with MS had ridden. I myself hoped that diet would make me well. Of course, people wanted to cure me with supplements.

  • Shelby Comito moderator
    12 months ago

    Bracelets, bee stings, and biking!? – oh my! That must have felt so frustrating. Here’s another article about the many “cures” one of our other advocates has received if you’re interested in reading more: As you can see, you are definitely not alone! Thanks so much for sharing. Best wishes, Shelby, Team Member

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